Day One: Westfield to Louisville

We left on Wednesday, February 10 at 8:30 a.m., right on time, despite the remants of a snowstorm that was shutting down the East Coast.  We had to trek through about three inches of snow to get my luggage to Linda’s Cadillac, but once we got everything loaded, we were good to go.  We had to take it slow (40 to 50 mph) to Cleveland because of the slick roads.  Off the side of the road were many cars that had decided to take it faster and suffer the consequence.  At one time, traffic stopped because of an accident so we rerouted off the nearest exit.  From Cleveland to Columbus, the weather tried to get a little better, but we still played it safe and arrived at our first destination an hour and a half late.

We stopped for a wonderful lunch at the home of a former faculty member who I had not had the pleasure of working with, but was so happy to finally make his acquaintance.  John’s warm hospitality was in strong contrast to the bitter cold outside.

After a brief stop to show Linda the world’s largest graduation cap at Franklin University downtown, we left Columbus around 5 p.m. and were finally up to speed on clear roads until traffic stopped again.  This time, a fatal tractor trailer accident.  We crept along for about an hour, never seeing any evidence of the crash. 

At 9 p.m., two and a half hours behind schedule, we checked into our hotel and went straight to the Blu bar inside to unwind with a nightcap.  Big Papa was sitting in a corner strumming soft ’70s music.  I asked if he would play us some blues because we were preparing to travel the Mississippi Blues Trail, and he quickly obliged, playing it the rest of the night.  He even took time out to explain the significance of the trail to what he called the “blues impaired.”  Priceless!  It was a great start to what promises to be a great trip!


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